FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Since being designated for federal disaster assistance in May, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Commonwealth of Kentucky have approved $40,986,872 in assistance to Kentuckians affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 12 to May 20.
FEMA has approved more than $7.7 million in Individual Assistance (IA) and $932,677 in Other Needs
Assistance (ONA) as part of the ongoing recovery efforts for residents of 22 Commonwealth counties. The IA funds help residents repair their damaged homes and find temporary housing following the disaster. ONA funds assist with a variety of expenses such as medical bills, funeral costs, and moving and storage fees.
The SBA has approved loans totaling more than $5.1million for individuals and businesses.
The counties included in the May declaration for Individual Assistance are: Ballard, Boyd, Carlisle, Carroll, Crittenden, Daviess, Floyd, Fulton, Graves, Hardin, Henderson, Hickman, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Livingston, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Pike, Union and Webster.
In addition, 76 counties throughout the Commonwealth were designated for Public Assistance, FEMA's program that helps fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public and certain private nonprofit facilities damaged or destroyed during the storms. To date, more than $14 million has been approved for Commonwealth and local governments in those counties.
More than $13 million also has been approved for hazard mitigation projects to be undertaken by the Commonwealth and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from future natural disasters. All counties in Kentucky are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which is administered by the Commonwealth.
As of Aug. 17:
- 2,040 Kentuckians in designated counties registered for FEMA Individual Assistance by the July 18 application deadline.
- 1,131 applicants have been approved for Individual Assistance.
- $7,748,306 has been approved for housing assistance.
- $913,148 has been approved for Other Needs Assistance.
- $14,071,962 has been approved for Public Assistance.
- 1,689 inspections of damaged properties have been conducted.
- $13,016,553 has been approved for mitigation projects.
- $5,165,500 in U.S. Small Business Administration loans has been approved: $4,767,900 for disaster home loans and $397,600 for disaster business loans.
- 64 Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) claims have been filed with the Kentucky Education and Workforce Cabinet, Office of Employment and Training.
- 63 DUA claims have been approved for $51,894.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.